Bocuse d'Or celebrity chef to judge Aluminium Chef showdown at the 2009 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

    VANCOUVER, June 15 /CNW/ - Rio Tinto Alcan welcomes Canadian chef David
Wong, fresh from a top-10 finish at the 2009 Bocuse d'Or culinary competition,
to the panel of judges who will select this year's Aluminium Chef at the Rio
Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival on 20 and 21 June 2009.
    The third annual Aluminium Chef competition will see students from
Dubrulle Culinary Arts, Vancouver Community College, and the Pacific Culinary
Institute go head to head during Festival weekend to win Rio Tinto Alcan's
coveted "Aluminium Chef" title and a $1,000 cash award. Competitors are
encouraged to be creative with their menus, but all ingredients must come from
within a 100-mile radius of Vancouver and dishes must innovatively use
non-stick "Slide" aluminium foil during preparation or for presentation.
    "This is a significant cash prize for a student competition and these
young chefs take their participation very seriously," said Marcus Von
Albrecht, Director of the B.C. Chef's Association, who is returning as Master
of Ceremonies for the two-day event.
    Chef Wong, who represented Canada at the 2009 Bocuse d'Or, which is
widely considered to be the world's most prestigious culinary competition,
will be one of the judges at the final cook-off between Saturday's winner and
Sunday's winner. The two finalists meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the glass
gazebo across from the entrance to the Telus World of Science.
    "It's great to see the professionalism and passion these up-and-coming
chefs bring to the event. This started with one cooking school and a friendly
contest between fellow students. We now have three schools competing and they
mean business!" said Paul Henning, Vice President of B.C. Operations and
Strategic Projects in Western Canada for Rio Tinto Alcan.
    The Aluminium Chef competition is one of many family-oriented activities
at the 2009 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. In a tent at the centre of
the site, Rio Tinto Alcan will operate its wildly popular World Ring Toss
games, with lots of aluminium foil to be won. Visitors are also invited to
share in the excitement of the dragon boat races on False Creek, the colourful
teams of paddlers, weekend-long entertainment on the World Stage, and
sponsor-supported activities across the site.
    The Festival is being held at Creekside Park beside Telus World of
Science, and opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 20 June.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

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For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Canada,
Stefano Bertolli, Tel.: (514) 848-8151,; Rio
Tinto Alcan Media Relations, B.C., Colleen Nyce, Tel.: (250) 639-8760,; Website:

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